The Hunterdon County YMCA continues its tradition of instruction in the style of American Isshinryu karate under Martial Arts Coordinator Sensei Jack Atwell.

Sensei Jack is an Ninth Degree Black Belt in American Isshinryu Karate. He has been teaching American Isshinryu for 34 years and has developed many very successful martial artists.

Program Director: Jack Atwell
Email: jatwell@hcymca.org
Phone: 908-782-1044 x4926

Karate Martial Arts

Outdoor Martial Arts Classes

First and foremost, we are very excited to resume our Martial Arts program! In accordance with the guidelines from governmental and health officials, and to ensure the safety of our members and staff, we will be taking the following measures:

  • Advanced online registration required- class size will be limited
  • Participants are required to sign an updated membership/ non-member waiver prior to the start of class. A digital copy will be made available upon registration, and paper copies will be available on-site as well
  • Parents/guardians and any other non-participants must remain outside of the program area, which is roped off. Spectators are welcome to watch from their vehicle or from a space outside of the program area
  • Participants are required to undergo a (contactless) temperature check and brief screening prior to the start of class. It is recommended that you arrive 15 minutes before class begins.
  •   Mask is required during health screening and can be removed during class
  • Students will be socially distanced from one another, maintaining a distance of at least 6 feet for the entirety of class. Instructors will remain observant and will issue reminders throughout class
  • The indoor facility will remain closed until further notice, with the exception of the restrooms

A few recommendations from Sensei Jack and his staff:

  • We kindly ask that all members come wearing close-toed shoes (sneakers preferred)
  • T-shirt is recommended as opposed to the gi top. Gi bottoms preferred but not required
  • Please come prepared with sunscreen and a water bottle. Water will be additionally provided by the Y
  • It is recommended to use the restroom prior to the start of class, though our restrooms will be open if needed

Fall Session

Youth Martial Arts

Ages 8–14 years

Get your body and mind active! Students will learn the basic blocks, kicks, forms, strikes and self-defense in the Isshinryu style of Karate. Students will develop their self-confidence, self-control and respect for themselves and others. Advanced students will continue their journey in the Isshinryu discipline with techniques and self-defense strategies. Develop stamina, mental focus and camaraderie with fellow students.

Fall Session: Saturdays  8/29-10/31 |  9:00-10:00 am
10 week session

Full Member               $100
Program Member       $140
Non-Member              $180

Black Belt/Brown Belt Martial Arts

Ages 10 years and up
This is the time to learn advanced techniques and concepts. Students will pursue an in depth analysis of kata, sparring and self-defense, as well as the mental and spiritual aspects that will help them move forward.

Fall Session: Saturdays  8/29-10/31 | 10:15-11:15am
10 Week Session

Full Member               $120
Program Member       $160
Non-Member              $200


Adult Martial Arts

15 years and up
Traditional Martial Arts class taught in a comfortable environment. Attain mental and physical growth. Learn to defend yourself, relieve stress and have fun.

Fall Session: Mondays 8/31-10/26 |  7:00-8:00 pm

10 Week Session

Full Member               $120
Program Member       $160
Non-Member              $200

Kids Karate-Advanced  Mini-Session              

Ages 5-7

Advanced students will continue their journey in Isshinryu Karate with more advanced forms, techniques and self-defense strategies.

Develop stamina, mental focus and camaraderie.                             

Saturdays  9:00-10:00 am   |  **5 Week Session : 9/19-10/17

Full Member: $40 |  Program Member: $55 | Non-Member: $70


26sep6:30 pm8:30 pmFamily Movie Night


12oct9:00 am5:00 pmHunterdon County YMCA $250,000 Golf Classic

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